Souare fears for future

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare has raised doubts about whether he will be able to play again.

The 26-year-old Senegalese left-back joined Palace from French club Lille in January 2015 and has a contract that runs to the end of the 2018-19 season.

But his second full season in English football was ruined when his Mercedes was involved in an M4 crash, causing Souare to require leg and jaw surgery.

He broke a thigh bone, but speaking within days of the accident Palace manager Alan Pardew said the club were confident Souare would make a full recovery.

In an interview with the BBC World Service this week, Souare said: “I don’t know about my injury. I don’t know if I can get back or not. I just put everything in the hands of God and we will see.”

Souare was cut out of his car by firefighters and the road to recovery is proving a long and testing one.

“I got my leg broke, and my jaw, and I couldn’t eat for the first month, but now I can eat, I can try to eat a little bit,” he added.

He says recovery from his leg injury is gradual and he is working “to make it stronger”, having experienced a major fright in the accident.

“I remember the helicopter coming to get me. I remember the door on my leg,” he said. “I was very lucky because that was a very crazy shock.”